Kohima: The Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, who is also the head of Dimapur District Task Force R. Soundararajan has ordered for night curfew in Dimapur town from last night, the night curfew began from last (Friday) night from 8 PM to 5 AM.
Official sources said there was heavy traffic at the evening and people also buying their essentials before the curfew period, but by 7. 00 PM all shops, business establishments, restaurants were closed and people also rushed to their respective residences. All weekly markets and evening markets in the district were also closed. However, medical, emergency and essential services, including pharmacies, shall be fully functional, but commercial activities and any assembly of four or more persons are prohibited.
Meanwhile, the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) cautioned that any business indulging in such hoardings will be sealed and goods will be handed over to the administration for free distribution.
In a press release the DCCI said it would monitor the market round the clock with the help of the administration and the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) and take direct complaints from the public. The DCCI assured the public that there is sufficient stock and there is no need to worry about shortages. It informed that there have been reports of price rise of certain essential commodities like mustard oil, cooking oil, pulses and hardware items like Mild Steel Rod and cement all over India in the last few weeks. The DCCI cautioned traders not to hoard and charge unnecessary hike in the rates of these products in particular.
The DCCI further asked all traders to comply with the SOP given by the District Task Force. All shops must ensure social distancing, insist on wearing masks both the customers and the shopkeepers as well as provide hand sanitizers in their respective shops,” it directed.